Originally posted by cbarnett
Hmmm, I'm going to have to start reading this series one of these days...maybe when they finally release an ebook format!
NYT wrote an article
(requires free registration - but heh, who is not registered at nytimes.com
) today on Harry Potter and the Internet Pirates.
They talk about illegally scanned Potter books and also unofficially translated portions of Order of the Phoenix
in German and Czech.
Most interesting is the comment from the business manager of Ms. Rowling's literary agency that he did not expect the illicit e-books to have an impact on sales of the printed book. "More than 200 million copies of the first four books have been sold in 55 languages. And the fifth book, released at midnight on June 20 and published in Britain by Bloomsbury and in this country by Scholastic, is ranked No. 1 on children's books best-seller lists". And how about that one:
"Some publishing industry officials say the electronic Potter piracy may be a perverse sign that the public is finally acquiring a taste for e-books